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Museums

Explore this region's history through its rich historical treasures.  Each site has its own unique stories to share. Delve into mountain history, the lives of regional literary figures, agricultural traditions, traditional music, and art and craft through the exhibits of the region's many museums and historic sites. Beyond the exhibits and working demonstrations, there are ongoing educational programs for visitors and many for children.

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<a href="http://www.thehistorymuseumofburke.org" target="_blank">The History Museum of Burke County</a>

The History Museum of Burke County

The History Museum of Burke County is dedicated to preserving and displaying our heritage for both current and future generations. Special exhibits and events are scheduled during the year and published in a quarterly newsletter and area media. Artifact collections change regularly - so please visit often.

201 W. Meeting Street, Morganton, NC 28655
Phone: 828-437-8525
<a href="http://www.mountaingatewaymuseum.org" target="_blank">Mountain Gateway Museum</a><a href="http://www.mountaingatewaymuseum.org" target="_blank">Mountain Gateway Museum</a>

Mountain Gateway Museum

The Mountain Gateway Museum, nestled in an idyllic setting in the town of Old Fort, brings you stories that are almost as old as these hills. See what mountain life was like when you tour our historic log cabins. Have a picnic on the banks of Mill Creek. Visit on a Sunday to listen to (or play!) old-time and bluegrass music at our weekly pick-up jam on the porch. The museum offers activities indoors and out. We are on the NC Birding Trail, and several rare species show up on a regular basis. Also, Mill Creek is designated Mountain Heritage Trout Waters. Through our partnership with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission you can take advantage of our Tackle Loaner Program and reel in a fish or two! Check our website for the most up-to-date information on all of our programs, concerts, and festivals.
102 Water St., Old Fort, NC 28762
Phone: (828) 668-9259|Fax: (828) 668-0041
Visit the website:
www.mountaingatewaymuseum.org
Send an email: mgm@ncdcr.gov
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<a href="http://www.phcmontreat.org" target="_blank">Presbyterian Heritage Center</a>

Presbyterian Heritage Center

The Presbyterian Heritage Center in Montreat features interesting exhibits of rare photos, films and artifacts, as well as touch-screen multi-media kiosks, video screens, displays of folk art, paintings, and unique photos. Exhibits include rare first edition 1611 King James Bibles in the History of the English Language Bible Exhibit (until May 1st, 2011), China Missions, Appalachian Folk Carvings, Religion & Chaplains in the Civil War (opens May 2011), and more! Winter hours: Thursday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm; Saturday, 1:00pm-4:00pm; and Sunday, 1:30pm-4:00pm.

318 Georgia Terrace, Montreat, NC 28757
Phone: 828-669-6556|Fax: 828-669-6506
Visit the website:
www.phcmontreat.org
Send an email: info@phcmontreat.org
<a href="http://www.wnchistory.org" target="_blank">Smith-McDowell House Museum</a>

Smith-McDowell House Museum

Discover Asheville's first mansion, now restored with period rooms and history exhibits. Built in 1840, this National Register property was home to mayors, a Confederate major, and friends of the Vanderbilts. Smith-McDowell is the oldest surviving house in Asheville and features grounds designed by the renowned Olmsted Brothers. Be sure to see our acclaimed Victorian Christmas Celebration mid-November through early January. The Museum is on the campus of A-B Tech Community College, near Biltmore Estate.

283 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: 828-253-9231|Fax: 828-253-5518
Visit the website:
www.wnchistory.org
Send an email: smh@wnchistory.org
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<a href="http://www.swannanoavalleymuseum.org" target="_blank">Swannanoa Valley Museum</a><a href="http://www.swannanoavalleymuseum.org" target="_blank">Swannanoa Valley Museum</a>

Swannanoa Valley Museum

Buncombe County's primary museum of general local history, the Swannanoa Valley Museum is located in the historic Black Mountain Firehouse, designed and built in 1921 by Richard Sharp Smith, supervising architect of the Biltmore Estate. The collection interprets the story of the settlement and development of Western North Carolina, as accessed by people arriving through the Swannanoa Valley.  Open April—October,  Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; S Closed on Sundays & Mondays.  Admission $2. Members and students free.

223 W. State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Phone: 828-669-9566|Fax: 828-669-9566
Visit the website:
www.swannanoavalleymuseum.org
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<a href="http://www.waldensianpresbyterian.org/13-museum/" target="_blank">Waldensian Heritage Museum</a>

Waldensian Heritage Museum

The Waldensian Heritage Museum preserves and interprets the history of the Waldensian settlement in the foothills of North Carolina.. A group of 29 journeyed to North Carolina and founded the town of Valdese in 1893, preparing the way for hundreds more Waldensian settlers. The Museum features many artifacts of early settler life including photographs, clothing, crafts, toys, household items, church furnishings, farm implements, carpentry tools, books, wine making equipment, and a quilt depicting scenes of Waldensian history. Tours are Tues-Fri, at 11a & 2pm or by appt. From mid July to mid August, the museum is open Fri & Sat 4-6pm. Visitors can request tour of sanctuary of the Waldesian Presbyterian Church. Admission is $2 for adults/$1 for children. Located in downtown Valdese, NC.
 
208 Rodoret Street South, Valdese, NC
Phone: (828) 874-1111
Visit the website:
www.waldensianpresbyterian.org/13-museum/
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